Game of the Week: Dubov does his magic!

by Merijn van Delft
12/16/2020 – In his Game of the Week show, Merijn van Delft analyses a game that was not only spectacular but also critical in the fight for first place at the Russian Superfinals. Daniil Dubov played an absolutely fantastic game to defeat Sergey Karjakin, who needed a draw to tie for first place with Ian Nepomniachtchi! | Merijn's show is available at 16.00 UTC (17:00 CET, 12:00 EDT) and on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here. | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

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Game of the Week #442

The 73rd Russian Championship became more and more exciting as it turned into a true race between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Sergey Karjakin. A key role was played by Daniil Dubov, who got into his best shape too late to have chances for first place, but managed to beat both contenders.

I was very close to recording Nepomniachtchi vs. Episenko from round 10 as the Game of the Week, but just in time I realized the potential of the absolutely amazing last-round encounter between the ever-fighting Dubov and Karjakin.

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Merijn van Delft is an International Master from the Netherlands who lived in Hamburg for many years and is currently based in Amsterdam. After scoring a GM norm in 2017 he is eager for more. His ChessBase show on Wednesday evenings has been running for over ten years now.


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